Cancun sees traffic grow 11% in 2010; US carriers (including Virgin America) adding more new routes in 2011
Cancun International Airport is the second busiest in Mexico and last year handled 12.44 million passengers (compared with Mexico City’s 24.1 million), an increase of 11.3% over the 2009 figure. However, it just failed to beat its previous record of 12.65 million passengers that it achieved in 2008. International passengers grew by 12.3% to just over nine million last year, while domestic passenger numbers grew 8.7% to just below 3.4 million. For the second year running, international passengers represented around 73% of the total, although the domestic route to Mexico City remained the busiest single route with almost two million passengers.
The airport’s seasonality profile is unusual with international demand at its highest during the winter months (and peaking in March), while domestic passenger demand peaks in July. The dip in traffic (especially international) starting in May 2009 was a result of the swine flu epidemic that broke out in the country at the end of April of that year.
American Airlines is leading US carrier; Delta serves most airports
Not surprisingly, the USA is the leading country market accounting for around 70% of international traffic with the leading US destinations in 2010 being Houston, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta, with all of these markets generating at least half a million annual passengers. As a result, US airlines dominate the rankings of the leading airlines operating international services at the airport.
Delta and WestJet serve the most destinations non-stop (15 each), although Delta has this week added two further destinations; Columbus and Tampa, and will in the coming two weeks move into a clear lead with 19 destinations as it adds routes from the two Texan airports Austin and San Antonio.
Airport welcomes Transaero and Virgin America this winter
Since the start of the winter season, the airport has welcomed two new airlines. Back in November, Russia’s Transaero began weekly flights from Moscow Domodedovo airport, while in mid-January, Virgin America arrived with flights from both Los Angeles (five times per week) and San Francisco (three times per week).
Apart from Russia, there are European scheduled services this winter to Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the UK (with British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways). Regional services include Copa Airlines to Panama, LACSA to El Salvador, LAN Peru to Peru, and daily flights with Cubana to Havana.